Vote No. 2 scheduled to take West Lafayette to next Class

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – West Lafayette leaders are scheduled to take their second vote to elevate the city’s status from a Class 3 to a Class 2 city.

As News 18 has already reported, the designation would mean more state funding as well as an additional person on the City Council, if approved.

The change is available with the recent annexation that upped the city’s population to more than 35,000 residents.

In Thursday’s precouncil meeting, Mayor John Dennis told the council that exact census data wouldn’t be available until after the scheduled vote. But he said, that isn’t a problem.

“We’re talking about a number that is easily achievable,” said Dennis. “The requirement is for about 2,000 to 3,000 more citizens. We were looking at a loop that is 12,000 plus.”

Even if the council votes yes at its meeting Tuesday, the Class 2 status won’t be official until the state validates the data.

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